Grace’s Bistro Set
One of the new really cute pieces to the GOTY 2015 collection is Grace’s Bistro Set. From the moment I saw it I knew I had to make a replica. This set is meant to be used with the Bakery, as a sidewalk table so Grace can sit down and enjoy her freshly baked pastries. The picture shows Isabelle on the left on the homemade Bistro Set, and Grace on the right with the American Girl version Bistro Set. How do you think they compare? If you want to make this set, the instructions are below. I also put my prices below.
American Girl Set $85
DIY Set $20
**I have links on here to Amazon showing you the product, however I want you to know I did not get these items from Amazon. I listed the stores by the products**
- Metal Chair Hobby Lobby Spring Section *$8.99*
- Red Glossy Spray Paint *On hand*
- Turquoise, Black, White, & Grey Acrylic Paint *On Hand*
- Silver Sharpie Marker *On Hand*
- Sanding Block *On hand*
- Black Iron Scroll Candle *Holder Hobby Lobby $5.99*
- Round Wood Plaque Hobby Lobby $0.99
- Wooden Picture Frame *Michaels $1*
- Wooden Dowel 7/16″ *Hobby Lobby $0.99*
- Wooden Fancy Plaque *Michaels $0.99*
- Scrap wooden block for menu stand *On hand*
- Drill *On hand*
- Wood Glue *On Hand*
The chair from Hobby Lobby is already painted. However, it is painted the wrong color. It’s painted to look like rust, but don’t worry it’s not rust! Simply sand it down completely, wash it, and spray paint it glossy red.
Sand the round plaque that will be the table top. Make sure it is nice and smooth. Get your white and grey paint and swirl together to make the table top look like marble.
Get together your supplies for the Menu. It will be the frame, dowel, fancy plaque, and scrap wooden block. Measure your dowel for how tall you want your menu and cut it. Mine was about 12″. However, if you want it to look more like the American Girl Menu stand, it’s much shorter, maybe 6″. Drill a hole in the fancy plaque and the scrap wooden block. Do not drill all the way through. The hole needs to be big enough for the dowel to fit in. Place a dab of wood glue on the back of the frame and stick the wooden block on it. Make sure the hole is facing down for the dowel. Once it is dry, add glue to both holes and stick the dowel in place. Now the menu is ready to paint!
Paint the picture that came with the frame black. You can also use chalk paint if you have it. Once it’s dry, use the Silver or White Sharpie to write the menu items on. Another option instead of paint and writing the menu, is to just print out a black menu with white writing! Easy!
DIY on the left, American Girl on the right. What do you think?!